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^^OME time ago we conducted a prize contest to
k-' wkich users of Ivory Soap contributed about
50,000 recipes. Tnese recipes tell bow to use
Ivory Soap, eitber by itself or witb otber materials,
for tbings rarely attempted witb soap.
From tbese recipes we bave selected more tban
one bundred wbicb are excieptionally belpful and,
in many cases, most unusual. We bave tested
eacb one and proven tbat all accomplisb tbe desired
results witb complete satisfaction.
Tbe reason is. Ivory Soap contains notbing barm-
lul — no free alkali, no barsb materials of any kind.
It is just mild, pure, bigb-grade soap — notbing
else. Tberefore, it can be used safely and success-
fully wbere ordinary alkaline soaps would be
Of course, in tuusual cases it is well to know tbe
best way to proceed to secure tbe best results. In
tbis connection, tbe following recipes sbould give
you some valuable iitformation. But please
remember tbat if, at any time, you bave a clean-
ing problem not covered by printed instruction,
all tbat is necessary is to use Ivory Soap and
Briefly, tbe knack of knowing bow is merely a
knowledge of tbe possibilities of Ivory Soap and
confidence in its purity and quality.
Tte Procter df Gamble Co.
Ivory Soap .... 99*Moo Per Cent. Pure
For Plants [no.i2,b64
Nearly everyone who has seen our parlor plants has remarked at our
success with them. The secret is the Ivory Soap bath. I place the pot con-
taining the plant on an oil cloth, or, if the plant is not too large, it may be
taken to the cellar where the water may be used freely without danger of
harming the floor. Wet a sponge in a basin of warm water and rub lightly
across the soap two or three times; then wash all the leaves, rinsing the
sponge as it becomes soiled with dust from the plant. Empty the soapy
water from the basin and fill it with clean water, a trifle cooler than the first.
With all the soap removed from the sponge, wash the leaves again in the
clean water. Then, with water nearly cold, wet the sponge and squeeze over
the leaves; put in the sun to dry. To keep the plants free from plant lice,
promote luxuriant growth, and give rich color to the leaves, give a small
amount of (Ivory Soap) soapy water daily, and once a week or fortnight,
pour a cupful about the roots of each.
As an Insecticide [no. 6,245
Ivory Soap is excellent for promoting the health of plants. If a plant
begins to look i>ale and sickly, give it a bath in the following way:
Take a basin, or better, a bucket, of Aof water, and make a very strong
Ivory Soap suds; now, when the water is lukewarm, hold crushed newspaper
all around the earth of the plant, so that it will not fall out of the pot, invert
the plant, and wash with a sponge or soft cloth, each leaf and stem thor-
oughly in the solution. Do not ■put in the sun to dry. Repeat once a week for
two or three weeks, and your plants will be strong and healthy.
For Rubber Plants [no. 8,029
With a basin of warm water and Ivory Soap, wash all dust from the
leaves of rubber plant with a clean sponge; then go over again with warm
water and a little olive oil. This will make them very bright and does not
harm them in any way.
Wicker Chairs [no. 11,015
Make a good suds of warm water and Ivory Soap. Add a large pinch of
salt; if there are any places especially soiled, or very hard to reach, use a
small scrubbing brush or an old nail brush; then wash the whole chair welj,
rinse and dry thoroughly. A flannel cloth which has just a tiny bit of oil
upon it should give the final polish.
Furniture Cleaner and Polisher [no. 10,526
Have two basins partly full of water scarcely tepid. Make a stifF lather
in one with Ivory Soap, then lift oflf a little of this lather and place into water
of second basin. Add a very little kerosene, perhaps a teaspoonful to a pint
of water; and, with soft cloth wet with this, go into dusty and dirty creases,
carvings, headings, plain surfaces, etc., of furniture, thoroughly cleaning, a
little at a time. With a second tearm, soft, clean, dry cloth, rub until
thoroughly dry and polished; and you will find that you have furniture Ijke
new. Ivory Soap, having no "free alkali," has not attacked former dressing
and has thoroughly cleaned from everything else, and in connection with
the kerosene (so widely used alone), has not only cleaned but polished as
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vrell. And no new layers of dressing (so objectionable) added. I told this
to an English lady (a user of kerosene for such work), for years an assistant
to her father who is a connoisseur of and dealer in rare old art pieces, ma-
hogany and rosewood, often working for the Royal family, superintending
the arranging and cleaning of art articles, etc., and she says, "it is fine for
everything — furniture, floors, painted woodwork, etc." Ivory Soap is the
only soap that could safely be used in this manner. And in this way I
should not fear to use it upon the finest rosewood.
Cane Chair Bottoms [no.
To clean and restore the elasticity of cane bottoms, turn the chair bot-
tom upwards and, with hot water and Ivory Soap and a sponge, wash the
cane-work well so that it will be well soaked; let dry in the air and it will be
as tight and firm as new — provided none of the canes are broken.
Before Varnishing Furniture [no. 12,511
Shave very fine one bar of Ivory Soap, add ^ gal. boiling water; stir
one minute. Will make good soft soap.
Scrub with Ivory Soap and, when perfectly dry, apply varnish. The
varnish will stay on permanently.
To Remove Stains from Mahogany
Furniture [ no. 13,212
Stains and spots can be removed from mahogany furniture by the use
of a little oxalic acid and water, a teaspoonful of acid to a cupful of water.
Rub the part with the liquid by means of a cork, till the color is restored;
afterward wash the wood with lukewarm water and Ivory Soap, and dry
and polish with a soft muslin cloth or chamois.
To Clean Children's Stuffed
Toys, Etc. [no. 11,031
Make a heavy suds of Ivory Soap and, with a small brush, apply it to
the surface of the toy. Rinse thoroughly and quickly by pouring clear,
lukewarm water over it. Do not squeeze the toy but shake it as free as
possible from water and let it dry in the sun. Rubber toys, too, should be
Cleansing and Polishing Furniture [ No. i4,i85
Put six tablespoonfuls of linseed oil in an agate bowl (or cup set into a
larger one) of hot water. When the oil is warm add, by beating in with a
silver fork, S tablespoonfuls of Ivory Soap Jelly. Apply sparingly with a
small cloth rubbing well into the wood; use a larger cotton or cheesecloth
and rub dry. If the mixture gets thick, set in hot water a moment.
To make Ivory Soap Jelly: Shave yi cake (large size) Ivory Soap in
one quart of boiling water. Boil until dissolved and then strain through
cheese-cloth, This will keep indefinitely. To use liquid, just re-heat. '
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Leather Dressing [no.xi,09i
1 large bar Ivory Soap, melted in
yi pint of water, add
1 pint neat's-foot oil
yi pint alcohol
If used three times a week will add one-third to the life of shoes; leather
should be clean and warm when applied. Keep in tight jar and before using
warm and shake well.
Ivory Soap as a Polish [no. 11,329
Ivory Soap (when hard and dry) is a good polish for patent leather,
brass or varnished surfaces. Rub the cake lightly over the surface to be
polished, then rub briskly with a dry, woolen cloth. Your success will de-
pend on your having the soap perfectly dry and hard. This procedure both
cleanses and polishes. Has been used successfully on shoes, mahogany
finish and oak furniture, brass knobs, etc.
Window Wash [no. 13,570
1 cake Ivory Soap.
2 qts. hot water, with a liberal pinch of bluing dissolved in it, so as to
make it a deep blue.
2 tablespoonfuls of coal oil.
Mix together and use. This gives the windows a bright, dazzling ap-
pearance and is most excellent in the summer to keep the flies away from
the glass. Keeps indefinitely.
To Clean Window Shades [no. 3,397
I am a window-shade maker and hanger and often I am asked if I can or
do clean shades that are in good repair otherwise. Through the liberal use
of Ivory Soap, I have made considerable extra money cleaning shades. Of
the better class of shades, there are two varieties, viz: the Holland linen
shades and the Duplex or oil opaque. Proceed by taking the shades, one at
a time, from the brackets and lay them full length on the floor. If Holland
shades, all that is necessary is a pan containing thick soap suds and warm
water and a small, fairly good grade sponge. Begin by saturating sponge
with suds and going lightly over the surface of the shade, which dries almost
instantly; then reverse and repeat on the opposite side. With the Duplex
shades. Ivory Soap suds and fine corn meal and a stiff' brush are required,
as the material is somewhat more porous, but the final result is the same.
Care should be taken to first spread paper on the floor before commencing.
To Clean Children's White Kid
Shoes [ No. 12,161
Apply Ivory Soap Paste with a flannel cloth; polish with a clean, dry
Another way to clean white kid shoes is to rub the soiled places with
a cloth dipped in ammonia and then applied to a cake of Ivory Soap.
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Amusement for Rainy Days — ^An Ivory Soap-
Bubble Party [no.4,684
An excellent way to amuse chilclren who have to stay indoors on ac-
count of the weather is to have an Ivory soap-bubble party. The expense
is trifling; and the bubbles are a source of endless delight.
Directions: Dissolve half of a small cake of Ivory Soap, shaved
fine, in two quarts of lukewarm water. Add five drops of glycerine. Fur-
nish each child with a clay pipe, a quill or an empty spool. Gum arabic
added to the Ivory Soap suds will make the bubbles more elastic. Straw-
berry juice will make them red.
To Clean Welsbach Gas Burners [ no. 12,492
Almost everybody uses Welsbach gas burners; I do at least, for I have
many of them at my home. They become dirty, clogged up and sticky,
after being used a short time. To clean them, I take the whole lot, put
them in a prepared kettle full of Ivory Soap suds (hot) and boil all the parts
except the mantles; rinse them thoroughly, dry them and replace them in
their respective places. The improvement in appearance and light are
For Candles [no. io,obi
Wet the hands and rub on cake of Ivory Soap until a thick, dry lather
is formed; then roll candle in hand until thoroughly coated with lather; do
not touch wick with lather; place candle in candle-stick and as soon as dry,
light, and candle will burn with a bright steady light; it will not have to be
snuffed, but will burn without smoking; will not smell; will not spoil table
covers by dripping grease, and will last much longer, thus saving time,
temper, annoyance and money.
The Care of Cut Glass [no. 8,868
Cut glass is easily chipped. It is best, therefore, to wash it, one piece
at a time, in a wooden tub or a padded dishpan. Never put cut glass ki
very cold or scalding hot water.
To wash: Make a suds of Ivory Soap and lukewarm water. Let the
glass remain in the suds a few minutes. Then go over it with a medium
stiff nail-brush. Rinse twice in water of same temperature as the water
used for washing. The first rinsing water should be clear. To the second,
add a little bluing; bluing gives a brilliancy to cut glass that cannot be
procured in any other way. Dry with a soft flannel or a piece of cheese-
cloth which has been washed. Polish with soft tissue paper.
If you have a great deal of cut glass and use it frequently, it is a good
idea to provide yourself with a supply of jewelers' sawdust, which can be
dried and used over and over again. After washing the cut glass, place it
in a box and pour sawdust over it. Rub the glass with handfuls of saw-
dust, and it will soon be dry. Any sawdust that may have attached itself
. to the glass can be removed with a brush.
To Remove Putty from Window [ no. 9,125
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Talce a little kerosene and Ivory Soap and mix, and it will remove
putty from window panes.
Polish for Mirrors, Windows, Etc. [ no. le?
Take J4 otz cake of Ivory Soap, shave fine, pour boiling water over it,
just enough to melt the soap; leave it on the stove until it is all melted. Now
add prepared chalk until it is as stiff as dough, add all you can. It can then
be made into balls or cakes or allowed to dry and crumbled or grated into
powder. I like the powder best.
To use: Take a soft, wet cloth and apply polish; let it dry perfectly,
then rub off with another soft, dry cloth.
It is the finest thing for cleaning mirrors and windows and for every
kind of fine metal.
Lamp Wicks and Burners [no. 10,795
Once a month, I boil them for an hour in water containing Ivory Soap;
then rinse well in cold water and place in the sun to dry, allowing them to
To Clean Suit Cases [no.8,88b
I have a brown leather suit case that was so soiled I was ashamed to
carry it, though it was not much worn. This is how I cleaned it:
I took a quart of sweet milk and dissolved into it a heaping tablespoon-
ful of shaved Ivory Soap. Then I took a brush and went over the suit case
with this lather. When I had scrubbed it clean, I wiped it as dry as pos-
sible (without rinsing) and allowed it to dry. When dry, I rubbed it lightly
over with a little olive oil, and again allowed it to dry. Then I gave it a
coat of brown shoe dressing (the kind used for ladies' shoes), and the result
was satisfactory in every sense of the word. My suit case looked like new.
To Clean Suit Cases [no.8,88b
A suit case of Japanese matting that had become badly soiled was
cleaned in this way: A suds of warm water and Ivory Soap was made and
applied to the case with a hand brush. When the case had been scrubbed
until thoroughly clean, it was rinsed in clear water and allowed to dry.
When dry, it was rubbed over with the well-beaten white of an egg which
gave it "size and a glassy, bright, new look, and made it more durable.
To Clean Delicate Linings of
Hand Bags [no.s,812
To cleanse fine finished calf leather of delicate shades, insides of ladies'
pocket-books, wrist bags, etc.: First take a dish of perfectly clean water,
then pass a cake of Ivory Soap through it three or four times, until it be-
comes soapy. With a soft piece of clean cloth or sponge dampened in the
water, not too wet, lightly rub the part that is soiled, backwards and for-
wards, never in a circle. With clean, cold water carefully sponge off soapy
water, put in sun to dry for about 15 minutes, when it will resume its orig-
Be sure and use Ivory Soap for this purpose, as other kinds will stain
when dry. This must be done very daintily, so as not to mat the fine sur-
face of the leather.
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How To Wash Linoleum [no. i,467
Sweep up the dust. Make a heavy suds by dissolving Ivory Soap in
hot water. When cool, scrub linoleum with an ordinary scrub-brush.
Wipe up with a soft cloth and clear water. Wipe dry. This brings back
the original lustre.
These directions are given by the manager of the linoleum department
of one of the largest rug and carpet stores in the United States. He adds:
"Ammonia, strong chemical soaps, and washing powders should never be
used. They destroy the surface and appearance of the cloth. Care should
be taken not to allow water to get under the linoleum."
Marble or Porcelain in Bath Rooms [ no. 12,20s
To one tablespoonful of Ivory Soap Paste (see back of wrapper) add
heaping teaspoonful of baking soda; spread cloth with mixture and rub on
marble. Let remain a few minutes, wash ofiF with hot water and wipe dry.
For the Toilet, Lavatory, Etc. [ no. 7,351
Cut into a very clean kettle, one large cake of Ivory Soap. Pour over
it three quarts of water arid cook it on stove until the soap is all dissolved.
Pour it into a jar and stir in, while warm, two tablespoonfuls of kerosene
and two of ammonia. Stir frequently until cold. You have now three
quarts of snow-white jelly. It is the best of anything to use for cleaning all
porcelain-lined bathroom fixtures and sinks.
It quickly removes sediment and grease and does not injure the enamel
as all of the so-called "Cleaners" containing grit, will surely do. It is a dis-
infectant as well as cleaner, and is fine for washing dishes from a sick-room,
etc. A little carbolic acid may be added, if desired.
Cleaning Brass and Copper [no. 1,603
Dip cloth in lemon juice, then rub it on a cake of Ivory Soap and scoor
the article thoroughly, using more lemon juice and soap as needed. When
soap is dry, polish well with a clean, soft cloth; rinse in hot water and dry.
The polish will last an unusually long time.
Enamel and Porcelain [no-mso
In doing my own housework, I found certain cleansing com pounds. v^ery
hard on my hands. The water being hard, the porcelain and enamel' ware
is difficult to keep bright and clean with soap alone. I experimented with
several mixtures of my own, and finally found one which might interest you:
I simply make a soft soap of a small-sized bar of Ivory Soap, and then
add to it a five-cent box of soda; this, kept in a deep bowl or large-mouthed
jar, is very convenient for the purpose mentioned above and cleans better
than anything I have ever tried. I use it on my bath tub, lavatories, and
all enamel and porcelain ware; it requires only a few minutes to make the
soft soap and it has saved my hands. The woodwork in my house is finished
in white enamel and I use this same mixture in cleaning the spots where the
children put their hands on the doors, and any other place where the dirt
resists, simply use a damp cloth.
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To Clean Tile Hearths and
B athrooms [ no. io,416
1 bar Ivory Soap
yi lb. whiting
2 oz. ammonia
Shave the soap and dissolve in as little water as possible and when cold,
add ammonia, making a smooth paste; then add whiting by beating slowly
into the above paste. This paste is excellent for cleaning old or disfigured
hearths or tile bathrooms.
To Clean Metal Ware — Brass, Tin,
Copper, Etc. [no. i2,o8i
To one pint of Ivory Soap Paste, add one-half pint of best whiting;
mix thoroughly, then add a teaspoonful of ammonia. Mix.
This compound will clean and brighten metal ware, such as tin, copper,
brass, nickel, aluminum, galvanized iron tubs, zinc, etc. For washing glass
windows it is fine. Apply with a cloth, rub well; then rinse with water or
dry with cloth.
To Clean Nickel-Plate [no.748
I shave one-half small cake of Ivory Soap in a sauce-pan and dissolve with
one and one-half cups of water. I then add one-half cup of whitening.
When cold, I cover the article to be cleaned with this paste and leave until
thoroughly dry. I then take a cloth for smooth surfaces and a hand brush,
vrhich I keep for this purpose, and Ivory Soap, and wash all this paste off
and dry with a flannel cloth. This is especially good for a kitchen range
that is used every day. Use this once a week, and other mornings, wash
with Ivory Soap as you would your dishes. This treatment with Ivory Soap
keeps nickel-plate in wonderfully good condition.
To Polish Brass, Copper or Steel [no.b,846
yi cake Ivory Soap (small size) shaved fine
1 pint boiling water
Dissolve Ivory Soap in water and when stiff, mix with an equal part of
powdered rotten stone. Apply with cloth, rub well and wash off with Ivory
Soap suds. Dry and polish with soft cloth.
To Clean Bronzes and Black
Enameled Articles [no.io,i9o
Wash, or scrub, with Ivory Soap suds, using a soft brush, if necessary;
dry thoroughly; polish with a soft cloth wet with olive oil.
To Clean Zinc [no. 12,203
Pour a few drops of kerosene on a cloth, spread with Ivory Soap Paste
(see wrapper) and rub well. Wash off with hot water and wipe dry.
To Keep Fingernails Clean,
though Working in the Garden [ no. 9,880
Before going into the garden, rub a moistened cake of Ivory Soap over
the ends of the fingernails, so as to fill the spaces under them. This will
prevent dirt and soil from getting in. Afterwards, when the hands are
washed, the nails will be cleaned, too.
To Clean Oxidized Metal [no. 12,818
I washed the oxidized metal front to our fire-place with a good soap
suds made with Ivory Soap,then rubbed dry and polished it by saturating
a heavy flannel with a solution made of yi boiled linseed oil and ^ turpen-
tine, and cubbed thoroughly. The metal looked like new.
Metal Polish [no, 13,263
J^ cup Ivory Paste (see wrapper)
^ cup whiting
X cup ammonia
1 tablespoonful hypo*
Mix in jar and pour over one quart of boiling water; stir until the Ivory
Paste is dissolved, when cold, mix, bottle and cork; shake well before using.
To Take Rust from Steel [no. 13,012
Take half ounce of emery powder mixed with one ounce of Ivory Soap
and rub well.
Varnishing Plaster Casts [no. lo.eu
The little plaster of Paris statuettes one sees in so many homes can be
kept fresh and clean by taking one-half ounce each of Ivory Soap and wax,
and two pints of water. Boil together for about five minutes in a clean ves-
sel. This forms a firm varnish which, when cold, should be applied to the
figures with a soft brush. It dries very readily and may be washed w^th
To Clean Inlaid Lacquer Ware [ no. 10,421
Wet a soft cloth in warm water, wring nearly dry, and then rub with
Ivory Soap until a good lather forms; apply to lacquer, washing thoroughly,
all over. Rinse cloth in clear, cold water, and wipe off all soap, using clean
water until it is all removed, Polish with dry, soft cloth.
To Clean Ivory [no. 10,886
Piano keys, handles of knives and forks, etc., may be cleaned by mak-
ing a paste of equal parts of chalk with powdered Ivory Soap, olive oil and
ammonia; rub well and let dry before washing off with warm water and
To Clean Oil Paintings [no. 1,293
Some oil paints are easily soluble in alkali and, for this reason, it is not
possibl e to cleanse paintings, even when supposed to be thoroughly dry,
* Hypo is the commercial name of sodium thiosulphate and may be purchased at any
drug store or where photographic supplies are sold, at about 8c per pouod.
with many soaps now on the market. However, I frequently wash any of
ray work which may need it, with Ivory Soap, without fear of damage. All
that is necessary is to have at hand plenty of clean, warm water, not over
100 degrees Fahrenheit, a good size, first quality silk sponge, and a soft dry-
ing cloth. Wipe off all dust from painting, dip sponge in water, rub on very
little soap (the Ivory, of course), then go over the painting quickly and
gently, rmse thoroughly and dry with the cloth. I have never injured a
painting in this way.
Cleaning Jewelry [ncmio
Dissolve in one quart of soft, hot water (rain water or melted ice) >< oz.
Ivory Soap; when cool, stir in 2 oz. ammonia and it is ready for use.
String the jewelry to be cleaned on a wire and immerse it in the solu-
tion for IS minutes only; rinse in clean water, then in alcohol, and dry in
boxwood sawdust or on a piece of old, worn cotton cloth.
This will clean all kinds of jewelry, even pearls, that are so easily dam-
aged with other cleaning compounds.
To Clean Ivory Knife Handles [ no. i2,i6i
To clean Ivory knife handles that have become blackened, rub them
with lemons dipped in salt, then wash with plenty of cold Ivory Soap suds
and rub dry with woolen cloths.
To Clean Ivory Ornaments [no. 9.998
When ivory ornaments become yellow or dusty, wash them in Ivory
Soap and water with a small brush to clean the carvings, and then place
them, while wet, in the sunshine. Wet them with soapy water for two or
three days, several times a day, still keeping them in the sunshine; wash
them again and they will be perfectly white.
Tapestry [ no. 797
I have in my possession a tapestry of Queen Victoria which is framed.
This I detached from the frame and "soused" the tapestry in Ivory
suds — warm — and continued for several changes of water, rinsing in warm
water. The effect was 'phenomenal. The features could hardly be told and
now are clear and defined. It was replaced in its frame and a new picture
hangs in its stead. It was absolutely unharmed by the process. This led
to a like operation on a tapestry pillow cover, with just as successful result.
I had thought these articles past being cleaned,
Hand-Painted Wool Tapestries [ no, 6,590
I have some valuable, hand-painted, wool tapestries, which have been
on the walls for several years; I noticed recently that the dust had settled in
them and they were very dirty. I removed the tapestries from the wall,
made a warm suds of Ivory Soap and, with a stiff brush, dipped in the Ivory
Soap suds, thoroughly cleaned the tapestries so that they looked like new.
None of the paint was removed, but thoroughly cleaned and brightened.
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For Cleaning Photographs [no.ii,36s
Photographs, which have been soiled, through exposure to dust or
otherwise, may be easily cleaned as follows:
Soap a wet cloth well with Ivory Soap and rub with it the picture to be
cleaned, applying the ?oap freely to both print and mount over their entire
surface; when the picture appears to be clean, rinse off the suds with clear
water; then dry it by either pressing against its surface, or by very lightly
rubbing it, with a dry cloth. Of course, the water will have temporarily
changed the color of the mount, and will have caused it to slightly curl, but
it will regain its normal condition in drying.
What rubbing is required should be done with the soap suds, and not
with the rinse water, as the soap acts as a lubricant so that the picture will
scale less easily; of course, the rubbing should not be too long continued
nor too vigorous, even here, as too much of it will cause the mount to scale
off. Some mounts, being softer than others, will not permit rough hahdling,
but it is easy to see when the mount is beginning to scale off, at which time
the rubbing should be stopped at once. If necessary, the picture may be
cleaned again after it has dried.
There is practically no danger of injuring the print and extremely little
of injuring the mount, if ordinary care is taken. The process may be ap-
plied to all photographs made in the ordinary way. About those portraits
on which hand-work has been done on the ■print — of which there are few —
a photographer should be consulted.
Try this on your photographs and you will be surprised to see how
much it will improve them. Upon the importance of using a perfectly pure
soap upon something so instable chemically as a photograph, I need not
To Clean Gilt Frames [no. 10.847
I have two carved gilt frames, 20 years old, containing oil paintings
greatly prized as gifts; I determined to renovate them, if possible, so made
a jelly by shaving half a cake of Ivory Soap into a pint of water and boiling
five minutes, when cool, used a soft bristle brush, applying jelty to
frames, brushing briskly, then cleaned brush and applied cold, clear water,
drying immediately over a range. The result was wonderful.
To Clean Hand-Painted Chamois
Table Cover [no. 1,775
I was the owner of a very beautiful, but very dirty, hand-painted (oil)
chamois table cover, which I valued highly as a gift and hesitated to put it
in the hands of professional cleaners, as they were dubious about color from
painting being "fast." At last, I decided to try if it would stand soap and
water, trying a small spot first. I pinned the coyer securely to my deal table
in kitchen (placing white cloth underneath) with plain, brass pins. Then,
with a bowl of warm Ivory Soap suds and plenty of clean, soft cloths, I first
sopped it thoroughly with suds, then gently rubbed it with rags, and rinsed
it with more warm water and dried as well as could be with fresh cloths,
and then left it until almost dry. It looks like new, and the paints are
fresh and not a bit disturbed.
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For Cleaning Works of Art —
Oil Paintings [no.i89
The careful housewife may just as successfully restore her oil paintings
and frames as the professional cleaner. In the case of smoke or time-stained
paintings, great care should be used, of course. The paintings should be
taken from their frames and, after all dust has been removed with a dry
cloth, they should be treated with a coat of linseed oil, carefully rubbed in
with a soft, clean sponge; let the oil soak into the canvas for 24 hours, after
which time, remove such oil (with a soft, lintless cloth) as remains on the
picture, getting the surface as dry as possible. Then wash thoroughly with
a solution of warm water in which enough shaved Ivory Soap has been used
to make a good suds. The smoke and grime which often becomes hardened
will be found to yield readily to this treatment, and colors will, in a great
measure, be restored. After the surface has become thoroughly dry, it
should again receive a rubbing of linseed oil, and, after a few days, may be
varnished if desired, though the frequent washing with Ivory Soap suds
and the oiling will be found to be more satisfactory as the surface will not
crack if this treatment is followed at intervals.
Washing Sofa Pillows [no.632
This is what I did to nine of my sofa pillows, every one of which has
carried off a blue ribbon wherever they were exhibited.
I dissolved six cakes of Ivory Soap, added one tablespoonful of salt to
each pail of water. I then took the covers off the pillows, laid them flat on
the table, took a small hand brush and scrubbed until clean; then rinsed
them thoroughly in several waters. With some of them, it seemed nothing
short of a miracle, especially a very handsome dragon pillow, which is com-
posed mostly of colored spangles and jewels, but th^y came out good as new
and even the spangles didn't change color.
I find so many uses for Ivory Soap that I always keep a quantity on
hand dissolved. To each cake of soap I use one teacup of water. I cut up
three cakes at once, add the water, and set on the back of my range until it
has dissolved. Then I pour it into a porcelain jar. When cold this makes
a splendid thick jelly which can be cut in any size or shape desired and in
this way I have it always ready to use.
To Wash Soiled Pillow Tops [no. 10,424
(Tinted, Embroidered, Satin or Silk)
Make a suds of Ivory Soap in warm water; have a tub of clear, warm
water at hand; immerse the pillow top in suds, wash by squeezing, and rub-
bing soiled spots very lightly with the hands. When clean, rinse rapidly in
clear, warm water. Hang in warm place to dry quickly; when nearly dry,
shake and press with hot iron on wrong side. One must be quick and gen-
tle; Ivory Soap will do the rest.
To Wash Tapestry Portieres [no. 11,426
Use a large receptacle, such as a bath tub, for washing them. Dissolve one
cake of Ivory Soap in boiling water. Then add cold water until it is just
lukewarm. Add to this two tablespoonfuls of ox-gall (it can be obtained
from the butcher). Now put in the portieres and wash fast, rubbing and
squeezing with the hands. Do not use a washboard. Now squeeze them
out; get warm rinse water, to which add two tablespoonfuls of vinegar;
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rinse and squeeze dry as possible. Hang over twolines about three feet apart
so wind can reach all parts and dry quickly. Couch covers, in which several
colors are woven, can also be washed in this way and colors will not run.
They will look like new when dry.
To Clean a Piano
This is the way to clean a piano.
It takes very little time, costs only a few cents and the results are as
satisfactory as if the work were done by an expert piano cleaner.
Two basins of clean, lukewarm water (say, 105°), to be renewed as
often as may be necessary.
Three good-sized pieces of cheesecloth. These need not be new, but
they must be clean.
A cake of Ivory Soap.
Proceed as follows:
Dip one of the cloths in the first basin of water. Wring it nearly dry.
Rub Ivory Soap on it and clean a small portion — about a foot square — of
the surface of the piano.
Wring second cloth from second basin, nearly dry, and wipe off the
Ivory Soap suds. Rinse and wring cloth again and wipe off any moisture
that remains. Rub dry with the third piece of cheesecloth, using quick,
light strokes, but very little pressure. It is not necessary to produce a pol-
ish. All you need to do is to remove the coating that obscures the original
Proceed in this way until you have cleaned the entire piano. Then go
over the whole surface, lightly, with a clean, soft handkerchief, or a very
soft — not new — chamois.
To clean the keys: Dip a soft cloth into a bowl of lukewarm water.
Wring almost dry. Rub the cloth on a cake of Ivory Soap. Wipe dirt off
the keys. Polish, at once, with a clean, soft cloth.
To Restore Faded Upholstery [no. 9,025
Beat the dust out thoroughly and brush, then with a stiff brush^apply
a strong lather of Ivory Soap and water. Sponge this off with clear, warm
water, and go all over the surface with a strong solution of alum and water,
dissolve the alum in boiling water, but let it cool before using. When dry
the upholstery will be as fresh in color as when new, unless the colors have
faded beyond all hope of recovery.
To Make a "Dustless Dust Cloth" [ no. kozs
Place cloth in a strong hot suds of Ivory Soap, to which add a few
drops of turpentine; let set for two hours, then wring out dry. Cloths
treated in this way will hold the dust and at the same time give a brilliant
polish to furniture. Treat the cloths in this manner every two weeks or as
often as needed.
To Clean a Sponge [no.
By rubbing a fresh lemon thoroughly into a sour sponge, and rinsing it
several times in lukewarm water and Ivory Soap, it will become as sweet as
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To Remove Fly Paper Stains [no.is,894
ManyTthings, such as books, hats, etc., can be nicely cleaned if,jby
mistake, they have gotten into the sticky fly paper; first rub the sticky sur-
face with kerosene or plain coal oil, then wipe off the oil with a cloth wet in
water and rubbed several times over a cake of Ivory Soap; after this, the
article should be quickly dried. Some things should be dried under press;
Washing Painted Buildings [no. 5,664
A few weeks ago, while walking with a friend, we noticed two men
suspended down the side of a building about half a block away. The part
of the building above them was of a transparent light green, and all below
the irregular boundary was a muddy, dark green. I made some remark
about the painting, and my friend said: "Paint, nothing — they're just
washing its face." We bet the cigars and went over and investigated.
He was right. They were simply washing the building with warm
water and Ivory Soap suds. They covered about twenty-five square feet
while we watched them, and no paint could have produced a more pleasing
job. I believe the expense was only a small fraction of the cost of painting.
Why isn't this practical for every sort of building in every city that has
the smoke nuisance? Advertise it in the newspapers and watch results.
Oil Cloth Walls [no. 13,257
My kitchen walls are covered with oil cloth. I keep it clean and spot-
less in this manner: I make a soft cream of Ivory Soap by boiling together
one quart of water and one-half cake of Ivory Soap. This is like a cream
when cold, but I much prefer to use it while hot. I dip a cloth in this and
go rapidly over one whole wall. Go over it again with cloth wrung out of
clear water, and it is positively spotless.
Varnished and Painted Floors [no. 13,257
Wash with large soft cloth dipped in hot Ivory Soap suds; wipe off with
another cloth which has been moistened with kerosene. It will now shine
so that baby will try to see his face in it.
White '.Woodwork, Paint or Enamel [ no. i4,i86
Into a basin put
2 cups of water, warm or cold
1 cup milk (need not be sweet)
3 tablespoonfuls of Ivory Soap Jelly Liquid
The Ivory Soap Jelly Liquid is made by shaving one-half (large size)
cake of Ivory Soap and pouring over it one quart water. Boil slowly until
dissolved. Strain through cheesecloth.
There is enough for a large room. Dip a cheesecloth into mixture and
rub hard. This may become quite soiled and still do the work. Have a pail
of warm, clean water, and rinse lightly, then dry. It is also good for light
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Hardwood Floor Cleaner [ncilsbz
yi cake Ivory Soap
2 tablespoonfuls turpentine
2 tablespoonfuls linseed oil
Boil twenty-five minutes in a quart of water.
To one cup of this mixture, add one quart of cold water; wring a soft
cloth out of this, and wipe floor thoroughly, following with a dry cloth. The
unusual advantage of the cleaner is that the soap removes all dirt and grit,
which quickly spoils floors, and the oils do not injure the finish. Of course,
this is only for hard-finished floors, not waxed.
For Woodwork and Floors [no. 11,430
Shave one ten-cent bar of Ivory Soap fine, cover well with water, cook
and stir until it forms a soap jelly; just before removing from the fire, add
three tablespoonfuls of paraffine oil and stir well. Apply as when using
floor wax with one cloth and rub off with soft cloth.
I have found the above one of the best cleaners I have ever used and it
polishes as well as any floor wax. I use it on my hardwood floors and wood-
work at about one-fourth the cost of anything on the market.
To Clean Floors [no. 13,168
To renovate studio and school room floors that have been waxed and
have had hard usage:
To a quart of gasoline add ^ of a cake of Ivory Soap, or less, that has
been previously melted, of shaved and let stand 24 hours. Apply with a
cloth, sparingly and quickly. This will not only clean the floor, but will
leave a satin finish that will be dry in a short while and will save much time
in waxing and polishing. It is unnecessary to add the caution not to use in
a room where there is a fire.
To Clean Floors [no. 7,240
We have just built a new home, and about two weeks ago the earpen-
ters finished the hardwood floors, and the painters gave them the first coat
of what they call "filler," covered them with canvas, and have been working
on them, finishing the woodwork and papering. A day or so ago, the canvas
was removed and they started to wax the floors, only to find they were so
dirty from the soiled canvas it was impossible, the "filler" having failed in
some way to protect them. They tried sandpaper, turpentine and gasoline,
all without result and gave up, saying they would have to be planed off
With all that extra expense staring us in the face, I asked them, as a
last resort, to let me try. With a pail of lukewarm, soft water, a cake of
Ivory Soap and some soft cloths, I removed every vestige of dirt without
even damaging the filler. Those of the floors which have now been waxed
and finished could not possibly be more perfect. Do you wonder that I am
To Clean Bowling Alleys, Etc. [no.i,846
Take three ten-cent bars of Ivory Soap and cut them up in a large tin
pail, filling the pail half-full of boiling water; add ten drops of wo.od alcohol
and ten drops of ammonia. Stir the mixture thoroughly until all the soap is
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dissolved. Let stand over night and the next morning you will find you
have a semi-dry jelly-like substance which will take the gummiest dirt
quickly off the surface of a bowling alley, dance floor, any hardwood floor
or surface of that sort, and it will not remove the shellac.
This recipe has the advantage of permitting you to use the soap at
just the proper consistency without the danger that would come to, for
instance, a bowling alley where the least amount of water would cause a
swelling and unevenness of surface.
You will probably be interested to know also that since I have found
this so successful, I have experimented on carpets and canvas-covered mats
in the gymnasium and find it equally efficient there. The advantage of not
wetting the inside of the mat makes it particularly desirable in the gym-
To Prepare Floors for Dancing [ no. i3,b9i
My husband has taught dancing and conducted numerous dances, and
a year or two ago had charge of one of the finest dance floors in the city.
He always used a special preparation for waxing the floor. One evening,
when starting out, he recalled that he was in need of this article, but it was
too late to purchase it at the store. I always have a supply of Ivory Soap
on hand, and I said "How about a cake of Ivory Soap?" He said "I believe
I'll try it." He did so, scraping it finely over the floor, exactly as he used
the other preparation, and the dancers that evening pronounced the floor
nicer than usual, and he decided it was superior to the other preparation.
The ladies need not be afraid of spoiling their gowns by contact with Ivory
Soap, and this is another item, as some preparations used on the dance
floor, as they know, will cause the edge of a gown to become greasy and per-
haps ruin it.
In the home it is exceptionally fine for this purpose. Now that so
many people use rugs as a floor covering, it is so easy to remove them and
any floor can be quickly prepared for a little dance. If the floor has
any wide cracks, fill them with Ivory Soap and then scrape finely and dis-
tribute evenly over the floor. After dancing a few minutes, you will have
a nice smooth floor. Then when you wish to remove it, the application of
a little water and a scrubbing brush gives you a beautifully clean floor.
Furniture and Floor Finish [no. 9,812
4 oz. Ivory Soap
1 oz. white wax
1 oz. yellow wax
1 pint turpentine _ _ - _
Dissolve the (shaved) soap in enough boiling, water to cover it, beat
until it is a stiff, white foam (resembling whipped cream); melt the wax
separately and stir in briskly, while warm (to prevent the wax from hard-
ening); let stand over night; then add the turpentine, slowly beating all
the while. It is then ready for use. •
This will not injure in the least, is cleansing and imparts a new finish
to all high-class furniture. Is especially fine for hardwood floors.
To Clean White Plaster Walls [ no. 9,024
Sitting near the white plaster wall of my home a few days ago, I no-
ticed several dirty, dingy spots where my boy had stood behind the stove
while dressing of a morning. I took a basin of warm water, (not hot) and
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a cake of Ivory Soap. I let the soap soak until it would readily lather.
Then taking the cake in my hand applied the flat surface to the dirty spot
and rubbed, but not too hard. In a moment I had a spot so much cleaner
and whiter than the rest of the wall, that it was necessary to keep up the
good work until I had newly decorated my entire wall. A soft, damp rag
added to the job and a ten-cent cake of Ivory Soap made my walls look like
Ivory. It will work as nicely on a painted or calcimined wall.
Cleaning Untinted Plastered Walls
and Ceilings [no. i8,6io
Dissolve one bar of finely-shaved Ivory Soap in two quarts of hot water;
when cool, add a heaping teacupful of raw starch moistened in one cup of
cold water; add one cup of gasoline; mix thoroughly and seal in Mason jars.
Spread the paste freely and quickly over a space of not more than four
square feet at a time with a soft cloth or sponge; rinse well immediately
thereafter with clean, warm water and soft cloth. This is the best method
we have yet found for restoring the white plastered walls of our compara-
tively new home to their original freshness.
Wall Paper Cleaner [no. io,i8o
Dissolve one-half bar of Ivory Soap in two quarts of boiling water;
when cool, add half a cup of gasoline; stir in enough pastry flour to make
a dough that will not stick to the fingers; rub lightly one way of the paper
and follow with a clean, dry cloth, brushing off all dirt. As the dough
becomes soiled, fold in. Paper cleaned in this way will look like new.
To Make Sizing [no.
I have found from experience as a decorator that Ivory Soap with
water, alum and pulverized glue, >
2 bars Ivory Soap
1 gallon water
}4 lb. pulverized glue
yi lb. pulverized alum
the four, boiled together for from five to ten minutes, makes the finest
sizing over old walls that have been water colored and are to be water col-
ored again. The old color will not rub into the new color. Ivory Soap will
not curdle as other soaps that I have tried. I have used it for a number
of years and find it gives entire satisfaction.
To Clean Automobiles [no. ii,689
Wash the body, brasswork, windshield, leather top and cushions with
Ivory Soap and lubricate the door hinges with it. Some enthusiasts even
po so far as to apply Ivory Soap to the pump valves and the threaded
joints of piping.
Ivory Soap is cheaper than automobile soaps. Garage owners who
use Ivory Soap save about twenty-five per cent, on their soap bills and
have better-looking cars.
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In Hanging Wall Paper [no.6,2u
A couple of shavings of Ivory Soap in a. bucket of paste, allows the
paper hanger to slide his paper better and prevents hardening of paste that
causes paper to crack and come off.
Cleaning Oriental Rugs — ^Modern
and Antique [no. mbo
Spread your rug smoothly on a clean floor, and tack to the floor two
ends or sides, stretching slightly; wet rug evenly with warm water — do not
drench it; take a cake of Ivory Soap and make a good, thick, foamy suds
on the rug. Take a ruler or flat stick and scrape the suds from the nap of
the rug; then repeat the wetting and soaping. Remove the suds again, and
take a clean, wet cloth to remove surplus soap and water. Take tacks
from rug and hangin the sun to dry. Your rug will have the beautiful
sheen of the rich Oriental nap with its colorings, and will be perfectly clean.
While manager of an Oriental Rug Store, I cleaned all the rugs sent to
us in this manner. We often charged 31^.00 for doing the work.
Cleaning Oriental Rugs [no. 5,428
I desire to say that, after using a great many different kinds of soaps,
I find the Ivory Soap truly wonderful for cleaning oriental rugs, I handle
mostly finer rugs, in fact, very rare antiques. I use only a sponge with
lukewarm water and, for a rug 4 x 6, I cut up a small cake of Ivory Soap
and allow to dissolve; rub very gently. Ivory Soap not only removes all
dirt, but gives a finer lustre to the rug.
Varnish Remover [no. 6,974
Boil to a thin paste, 1 cake of Ivory Soap — a paste the consistency of
gravy, using rain water. In another vessel mix a batter of cold water and
1 tablespoonful of flour. Bring this to a boil as in making starch for clothes.
Mix the Ivory Soap Paste and the flour paste and add half of a 10c
can potash or lye. When it is cool appljr with a brush evenly and smoothly
over the surface from which the varnish is to be removed. After this
stands an hour, the whole comes off easily with a scrub brush, leaving the
natural wood to decorate in any style one wishes.
Cleaning Oriental Carpets and Rugs
1 lb. Ivory Soap
}i lb. borax
}i pt. best ammonia
}i tablespoonful glycerine
1 qt. soft water
To the water, boiling, add Ivory Soap, finely shaved. When a smooth
fluid is formed, add the other ingredients in order given. Keep tightly
corked. Shake (or stir) well before using.
Saturate a small, very compact sponge with the mixture. _ Select a
given portion of the rug. Rub gently, firmly and evenly; rinse with warm,
soft water and fresh sponge. Complete the cleansing of given space before
NOTE: Oriental rugs where aniline dyes have been used, are not
subject to any sure result in cleaning. A paste of Ivory Soap and water is
entirely satisfactory in cleaning fine "Persians"- Apply as above directed.
To Clean Carpets [no. 9,411
Thirty bars of Ivory Soap floated me 1,000 miles. It all happened this
way: Our antique oriental rugs had reached that state of disintegration
where it was imperative that they be restored by an expert. The Disciple
of Mohamet called upon to give an opinion and an estimate, said that they
must be cleaned before he could sew or weave upon them; not simply
shaken, but thoroughly washed in a mysterious compound, the ingredients
of which were known only to the Sultan and himself.
There were 32 rugs in the collection, and he asked 377,00 to clean
them. We consulted the many scouring establishments throughout the
city, and found that our friend from the far East was moderate in his charge.
The sight of a bar of Ivory Soap suggested the possibilities as it always
does: why could not I compound a fluid equal to that known to the Sultan?
At least. Ivory Soap would never harm any fabric, be if ever so delicate.
I dissolved three bars of Ivory Soap in hot water, added ^-Ib. borax, 4
oz. ammonia; placed three rugs in a tub and poured the mixture over them.
After soaking four hours, the rugs were thrown over a clothes line in the
yard and thoroughly rinsed with the garden hose. They dried in the hot
sun and the colors came out brilliantly. I continued the process until all
were cleaned. Not one faded and in no one did the colors run. The ma-
terials and hired labor cost 37.00, with the 370.00, I took a delightful trip
by water, so have always claimed that thirty bars of Ivory Soap floated
me 1,000 miles.
To Keep Harness in Good Condition [ no. 8,254
Apply Ivory Soap Paste with a woolen cloth, using no water. Let it
remain on the harness a few minutes. Rub dry and polish with a soft
cloth. An application of olive oil or neats-foot oil will help keep the leather
soft and pliable.
Carpets [ no. ii,087
Raw potatoes, put through the meat grinder, with little pieces of Ivory
Soap and sprinkled over the floor before sweeping, will prevent the. dust
from rising and will not injure either carpet or hardwood floor, but will
brighten the carpet.
Not everyone knows that, in the case of soot being scattered on the
carpet, if it is covered with a layer of salt and Ivory Soap shavings, thor-
oughly mixed together and spread over the place and vigorously swept,
but little, if any of the discoloration will remain. Repeat the operation if
necessary. The whole carpet can be treated in this manner if desired.
To Renovate Carpets, Plush
Cushions, Etc. [no. 9,964
My work is to oversee the renovating of plush seat backs and cushions,
carpets, curtains, etc., of cars of a large steam railroad company. Some
time ago, we used a preparation bought from a manufacturer which made
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it rather costly; now, they use my method, which is more efficient with a
fraction of the former cost of material. My method is as follows:
With compressed air, 100 lbs. pressure, blow all the loose dirt and dust
out of article to be cleaned; then take a riceroot scrubbing brush and paste
made of Ivory Soap and give a good scrubbing, rubbing the paste well into
the nap of the article you are cleaning. After thoroughly scrubbing a space,
say two feet square, take a scraper, made of sheet iron, with wooden handle,
and scrape out all the paste possible from article cleaned. Of course, this
brings dirt and grease witn paste from the article cleaned. Then take a
sponge, wrung out in hot water, and give the article cleaned a thorough
sponging, which removes all paste and dirt not removed by scraper. Then
place the article where it will become dry and ready to replace in car again
I use this same method, where it is necessary to re-dye our seat backs
or cushions, cleaning them with the paste before re-dyeing. I have cleaned
carpets on floors of residences without removing them, also rugs, and the
result has been highly satisfactory. My claim is that Ivory Soap, made
into a paste and used according to my method, does the work better; that
it does not make the article as wet as other cleaners, thereby avoiding the
danger of mildew or mould; that it is a thorough disinfectant; that it will
not injure the color in any way; it has been so successful in our shop that
the other shops of the company have adopted it.
Take a bar of Ivory Soap, laundry size, and, with a knife, shave or cut
it into small particles; put it into a bucket or barrel, according to the quan-
tity you desire to make. To every bar of soap, add three gallons of scalding
water, stir thoroughly until all the soap is dissolved; let it stand for 24
hours or until cold, when it is ready for use. Anyone so desiring can add a
small amount of any desired perfume, when making this paste, which will
give goods cleaned a very pleasant odor.
Rag Carpets [no. 14,033
Put strips in tub in which plenty of this solution has been added; have
water real hot and use tin suction washer. Punch until clean, then rinse
To one bar Ivory Soap, add one-half teacupful of sal soda and two
dessertspoonfuls of kerosene. Shave soap fine and put soap, sal soda, and
kerosene in vessel, cover with soft water, boil hard, beating al! the time with
wire spoon until the consistency of salve. Put in stone or glass jar with lid.
No person need be afraid of the preparation, as the kerosene kills the
eating properties of the sal soda.
Rugs [ No. 12,511
Shave very fine one bar of Ivory Soap, add J^ gallon hailing water;
stir one minute. Will make good soft soap.
A handsome rug was marked by tar cirried in from the street on the
wheels of baby's go-cart. Ivory Soft Soap removed the spot so it could
not be found.
Another carpet was badly stained by sticky flypaper. Some half
dozen remedies were vainly tried. Finally, we applied the Ivory Soft Soap,
left it on over night, then removed it with a small scrubbing brush and
warm water. This proved entirely successful.
Rugs and Carpets [no.u,(
For delicate colors !n Oriental rugs of any quality, silk, etc. Shave
fine, one bar of Ivory Soap, cover with water, let boil, all the while beating
with wire spoon, until thoroughly dissolved. Take basin in which is warm,
soft water. Put handful of soap just prepared in basin of water. First
have dust removed from rug or carpet, lay on floor or porch; put brush in
water which contains the soap, brush the nap of the carpet lightly. Im-
mediately afterwards, wring clean cloth from clear, warm water and wipe
part that has been scrubbed. In scrubbing, take care not to dampen the
body of the rug or carpet. After all has been gone over, wring cloth from
tepid, clear water, in which a few drops of ammonia have been placed, and
go over the whole surface again, leaving the nap the way you wish it to dry.
For rugs or carpets not so delicately tinted, and not choice, use same
method of scrubbing, then put on line in the sun and turn on water from
hose until water runs out clear.
For carpets badly soiled: to one bar of Ivory Soap, add one-half teacup
of sal soda and two dessertspoonfuls of kerosene. Shave soap fine and put
soap, sal soda and kerosene in vessel. Cover with soft water. Boil hard,
beating all the time with a wire spoon until the consistency of salve. Put
in stone or glass jar with cover, and use as you like for cleaning purposes
as well as to scrub your carpets.
Put some of this preparation in a basin of soft, hot water. Scrub nap
of carpet with brush that has been dipped in preparation, and rinse by
wringing clean cloth from warm, clear water. Lastly, go over carpet with
cloth wrung from clear, warm water to which a few drops of ammonia have
been added. Or you may put carpet on line, turn on hose and rinse until
water comes out clear.
Matting [ no. is;
Dip cloth in warm Ivory Soap suds and wash well one strip. Wring
separate cloth out of clear water to which has been added a few drops of
ammonia and wash again.
Straw Matting [iwo.i2,b64
Straw matting can be made to look as fresh as when new by the use
of Ivory Soap. It was in the summer when I cleaned mine and, after laying
it on the lawn and washing it on either side, using the soap plentifully, I
rinsed it with the garden hose and left it in a dry place on the lawn in the
sun. At night, I took the matting into the house fresh and white and dry, -
much pleased with my experiment, as I had never heard of washing mat-
ting in this way before. When the matting is finally laid, if it is sponged
with a strong solution of salt and water, it will prove very beneficial to the
straw; after washing, the straw is apt to become dry and brittle. The salt
will cause a moisture that will act as a preventative against this condition.
To Remove Oil From Carpets [no.x2,i6i
For removing oil from carpets, or any woolen material; apply buck-
wheat flour plentifully. If the first application does not remove it, con-
tinue to put on fresh buckwheat, after brushing the oil-soaked buckwheat
off. Scrub with warm Ivory Soap suds and wash with clean water; never
put water or liquid of any kind to grease spots.
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For Cleaning Mounted Heads
and Rugs [no. 8.998
1 bar Ivory Soap
1^ gills turpentine
\yi gills ammonia
Shave soap fine, add one quart of water, and boil until soap is dissolved;
then add ammonia; when cool, add turpentine; then add enough water to
make two gallons of the mixture. It is now ready for use.
Take one pint of the mixture, add yi gallon of warm water, stirring
well. Dust mounted heads and hides (or rugs). Apply with a soft piece of
goods, such as cheesecloth, moistened or dipped into the mixture. Go
over the head and rugs thoroughly in this way. This brings out the color
and preserves and makes the furs moth-proof. After going over the furs
with the mixture put outside to air; when nearly dry, brush thoroughly
with a coarse brush until thoroughly dry.
Fur Rugs [
We have a light fur rug, which we wash once a year in strong Ivory
Soap suds, rinsing in lukewarm water; we then take the rug, lay it flat on
the attic floor, with leather side up, tacking all around the edge, allowing
two or three days for it to dry; after it is dry, we remove the tacks, put it
on the line, and beat it, leaving the fur clean and flufi^y. It is very neces-
sary to tack it on the floor as otherwise the leather would shrink and harden.
Woolens, Silks, Laces, Neckties, Etc. [ no. 8,i69
Set a vessel, containing gasoline, in a larger vessel of boiling water
(without fire under it) in order to warm the gasoline; then stir into this one
bar Ivory Soap to one gallon of gasoline; let stand a few minutes and wash
articles by dipping up and down. If there are spots on articles, first rub
with Ivory Soap and then rub between the hands in gasoline. After
thoroughly washing, rinse articles in clear gasoline and hang in open air
until gasoline has evaporated. If there are little soap flakes on garment,
shake or brush lightly, and they will disappear.
After the gasoline has evaporated, hang article over hot-air register
or press with warm iron, as heat removes all odor. The most delicate fab-
rics may be cleaned in this manner.
NOTE: Be careful to haveiio fire in the room, and to have the room
well ventilated, as gasoline is explosive and should be used in open air if
For Leather [no.u,i85
Put 6 tablespoonfuls of linseed oil in an agate bowl or cup set into a
larger one of hot water. When oil is warm, add, by beating in with silver
fork, 5 tablespoonfuls of Ivory Soap Jelly. Use slightly warm. If mixture
gets cold, set over slight heat or in pan of hot water.
For book covers, dip a cotton cloth into mixture, rub all over surface of
book and edges, over gilt and all. Take a clean, dry cotton cloth and rub
until book is almost like new.
_ For coarse grain leather, use a tooth brush. Be sure to rub dryand it
positively will not be sticky, but very smooth. I have used this paste on
books bound in red leather.
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For leather pillows and furniture seats, remove all sticky spots first
with a soap suds of Ivory Soap Jelly. Dry and then use mixture.
Can be used on harness, shoes, etc.
Ivory Soap Jelly: Shave yi cake (large size) and pour over it one quart
of boiling water. Boil slowly until dissolved and then strain through cheese-
How to Wash Sheer Materials to
Lengthen Their Life [no. 15,101
Use water that is warm, not hot, and if the water is hard, soften with
borax. Make a thick lather with Ivory Soap. The soap should never be
rubbed on the fabric. Soak the pieces thoroughly in the lather; then rub
the spots gently with the hands, "sousing" the material up and down in
the suds. Rinse in several warm waters, until all traces of the soap are
gone. Rinse once again in boiling water, followed immediately by rinsing
in as cold water as you can obtain. Dry in the sun, if possible.
DeUcate-Hued MusHns, Cambrics,
Prints, Etc. [no. 16,102
Soak for ten minutes in salt water, a half cupful of common salt to
two gallons of cold water. Wring out and wash quickly in Ivory Soap suds.
Rinse in bluing water. Starch in boiled starch. Hang in shade. Wash
only one thing at a time.
Lawns, Organdies, Batistes, Etc. [no. 15,109
Wash in warm, weak Ivory Soap suds with salt in suds. Rinse twice
in hard water with some salt added. Make smooth, thin starch and put
this in last rinse water with a pinch of powdered alum.
Silk Muslins [no. 25,104
Wash with tepid water and Ivory Soap. Rinse. Blue if. necessary.
Use thin, cool starch. and hang indoors in dark place.
Brown Linens [no. 17,624
Pour boiling water over a quartei* pound of cheap coffee. Strain
through cheesecloth into two tubs, one for washing, the other for rinsing.
Wash with Ivory Soap. Rinse and hang in shade to dry. Iron first on
wrong side and then on the right. Do not use bluing.
Black Goods — Cotton or Silk [ no. 15,906
Dissolve in a pint of soft water a small cake of Ivory Soap shaved
yi oz. ether J^ oz. spirits of wine
^ oz. glycerine \yi ozs. ammonia
Put in a bottle and cork tightly. When needed, shake well. Add a
teacupful of above cream to two gallons of water. Use plenty of Ivory
Soap and wash the same as other goods. Rinse well in clear water. Iron
silk goods on the wrong side, while wet. Dry cotton goods, then dampen
same as other clothes.
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Towels With Colored Borders [ no. i4,7u
Do not let them become badly soiled. Rub gently with Ivory Soap.
Rinse in warm water and then in cold water. The colors will not fade or
run if done quickly and without soaking or boiling.
Massage [ no. 12,402
After washing and steaming the face, apply Ivory Soap Paste and
massage gently. Then rinse repeatedly with warm water, splash with cold
water and pat vigorously.
Manicuring [ no. is,076
Dissolve half a small cake of Ivory Soap shaved line in a half cupful
of hot water. Then stir in two teaspoonfuls of olive oil and let cool. This
cream rubbed around the nails will both cleanse and soften the cuticle. To
polish the nails, shave fine a dry piece of Ivory Soap, rub the shavings on
the nails with the tips of the thumbs and finish with chamois.
To Relieve Burning Feet [no. 19,721
Make a hot foot-bath with Ivory Soap Paste and add five drops of oil
of eucalyptus, a powerful, pleasant antiseptic. Keep the feet in the water
for fifteen or twenty minutes. Then dry thoroughly.
Foot Powder [no. 8,415
Grate a cake of Ivory Soap very fine and put it in a can with per-
forated top. Sprinkled in shoes and stockings, this will give great
relief. If a new shoe burns, rub a moistened cake of Ivory Soap in the shoe
and on the stocking.
Dentifrice [ no. 709
Dissolve a small cake of Ivory Soap shaved fine in two cupfuls of hot
water. When cool, add four tablespoonfuls of peroxide of hydrogen and
four teaspoonfuls of essence of wintergreen. For paste, add more water.
Keep in jars.
Sachet Powder [no. 9,929
Grate a cake of Ivory^ Soap and sprinkle it with your favorite powder.
The powder will go farther and the scent will be retained much longer be-
cause of the moisture in the soap.
Shaving Lather [no. 7,421
Moisten the beard thoroughly. Then rub over it lightly the end of
a cake of Ivory Soap until there is a thin layer like cold cream. Work up
a moist lather with the brush. Rinse. Work up another lather as before.
It need not be rubbed in with the fingers as the action of making the lather
softens the beard perfectly,
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Razor Strops [no. 2,949
Rub with a fresh cake of Ivory Soap until there is a thin, even coat.
Then moisten the palm of the hand slightly and run the soap into the
strop. This will keep the strop soft without making it limp as oil does.
Some men even hone their razors on Ivory Soap, using a dry, half-used cake.
To Remove Stains from Hands [ no. 15.116
Dissolve a quarter of a small cake of Ivory Soap in a pint of hot water.
Add two tablespoonfuls of household ammonia, three tablespoonfuls of
alcohol and beat with an egg beater. This will remove stains without
roughening the skin.
For Sting of Mosquito, Bee^
Wasp, Etc. [ No. 14,967
Wet a cake of Ivory Soap. Rub on affected part so as to form a paste
and exclude the air. This treatment will take out the sting and the poison.
Celluloid or Rubber Collars and Cuffs [ no. 19,615
Dip a cake of Ivory Soap into cold water. Dip the collar or cuff into
cold water. Lay collar or cuff on a flat surface and rub the moistened
cake of Ivory Soap across it several times, bearing down hard enough to
leave a thin white coating of the soap. Then take a rough cloth, wet with
cold water and tub hard across the collar or cuff several times.
Chenille and Colored Portieres [ no. 6,s6s
Shake the dust out thoroughly and wash in warm Ivory Soap suds
without rubbing on board. Rinse in clear water to which may be added
a little fine salt. Put through wringer and hang evenly on line to dry.
Coat Collars [no. 7,435
Dust the coat and lay on ironing board or table with the collar spread
out flat. Make a lather of Ivory Soap and hot water and scrub the collar
with a cloth or small brush. If a cloth is used it should be the same color
as the coat so lint will not show on the collar. After the grease is re-
moved, sponge with clear, warm water until all the soap is removed. Then
rub with a dry cloth. Put coat on hanger so the collar will fold properly.
Then hang in sun until thoroughly dry. No pressing will be required.
To Freshen Dress Shields [no. 9,345
Soak in Ivory Soap suds to which a little borax has been added. [Rinse
and dry. Then sprinkle with a little toilet water.
To Remove Gloss from Clothing [ no. 8,467
Shave fine a half of a small cake of Ivory Soap, Dissolve in hot water
until it comes to a thick paste. Using the paste, go over clothing with
woolen cloth. Sponge with clear water. Lay a cloth over garment and
press while damp with hot iron.
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Hat Bands Stained from
Perspiration [ no. 7,552
Dissolve one and one-half ounces of Ivory Soap and mix with one
ounce of powdered ammonia. Apply with a sponge or tooth brush, rub
smartly and rinse with clear rain water.
Make a thick lather of Ivory Soap and warm water and scrub the
coat with a brush. Then sponge off with clear water.
Open sunshade and have ready a tub of warm water, a cake of Ivory
Soap and a nail brush. Rub the soap thickly onto the brush, moisten it
with water and carefully brush the sunshade on the outside. Pay special
attention to the middle of each division. Brush carefully around the top
so as not to separate the material from the stick. When the outside is
finished, reverse the sunshade, place on table and brush the inside. Re-
move the soap, then pour clean water over the sunshade and lastly a so-
lution of water and a little gum arable. Leave the sunshade open until it
is dry. If there is lace on it, dampen slightly and iron on the wrong side.
For laandry parpotes, where Ivory Soap is used directfy
from the cake, ask for the laundry size.
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Ivory Soap and Water Will Not Injure Anything
that Water, Alone, Will Not Harm.
Ivory Soap Paste: For laundry purposes and for general use around
the house, Ivory Soap Paste is ideal. The proper proportions are half
a cake (small size) of Ivory Soap, shaved fine, to a quart of water; or
a whole cake to two quarts of water. Keep nearly, but not quite at
boiling point for ten minutes after soap is dissolved. Set on back of
stove to cool. Keep in glass jar with screw top. Use as required.
Do not make Ivory Soap Paste in an aluminum vessel. The boil-
ing of any kind of soap will discolor metal.
Silk is more easily injured than wool. Wool is more easily injured than
linen or cotton. Act accordingly.
To "Set" a Color: If you are not sure that a color is "fast" wash a
sample and dry it. If the color suffers, try to set it with a solution of
salt, white vinegar, borax or alum in the proportion of one level table-
spoonful to a gallon of water.
White Clothes (linen or cotton) should be soaked for several hours.
Wet the clothes, rub Ivory Soap Paste on the soiled parts, fold and
roll each piece by itself, pack in a tub, cover with cold water, in which
a liberal quantity of Ivory Soap Paste has been dissolved, and let it
stand over night. White clothes should be boiled. Use cold water,
and bring it to the boiling point very slowly.
Woolens may be soaked for not more than ten minutes in warm water
in which Ivory Soap Paste has been dissolved; silks, twenty minutes;
blankets, thirty minutes; colored clothes, not at all.
Temperature of Water: 120° Fahrenheit— just warm enough to
allow you to put your hand in the water without discomfort — is the
best temperature for washing woolens, blankets and silks. Colored
clothes should be washed in water not quite so warm.
Rinsing: The water in which clothes are rinsed should be of the same
temperature as that in which they are washed. This prevent* shrink-
ing. A tablespoonful of Ivory Soap Paste dissolved in the water used
for rinsing woolens and blankets will make them soft and fleecy.
For Colored Clothes, make a suds of Ivory Soap Paste and warm
water and quickly wash, rinse and hang out to dry, one garment at a
Use a wringer for white clothes, hosiery and colored clothes.
Many experienced laundresses do not put woolens through the wringer;
but shake them and gently press the water out by hand, stretch them
into shape, and allow them to dry in the shade or a moderately warm
room. If you use a wringer, see that it is adjusted so that the fabric
will not be injured.
Don't rub woolens, blankets or silks on the washboard.
Hot water — without soap — has a tendency to "set'\dirt and stains.
Soap counteracts this tendency.
To soften water, use ammonia, borax or sal soda. Ammonia and
borax are mild and comparatively expensive. Sal soda is stronger and
Remember this: Even Ivory Soap will not produce the best results if
it is not used intelligently.